USA / Great Britain / Israel / Portugal
A good ten years ago, John Scofield surprised his fans (and not only them) with the album “Überjam”, which demonstrated Scofield’s sense for variation and surprises at album length. What ironically sounded like a world music album with Scofield with four arms on the cover, and initially also sounded that way, then quickly morphed into groove-based examination of funk and drum ‘n’ bass. After he ventured on different paths for a decade and seven albums, bowed to Ray Charles and recorded a beautiful ballad album (“A Moment´s Peace”), Scofield has this year returned to groove and presents “Überjam Deux”. Knowledgeably, with a wink and full of witty playfulness the musicians spread out a musical roots landscape between “Boogie Stupid” and “Dub Dub”. They raise their hats to Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Harvey Mandel and also don’t forget the blues and springy West coast sound. “Überjam” is a history lesson, not a nostalgic one but related to the present, and very danceable. One of the songs is called “Curtis Knew”. And so does Scofield.